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On Lisp: Advanced Techniques for Common Lisp

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Starting in the 1980s, Lisp began to be used in several large systems, including Emacs, Autocad, and Interleaf. On Lisp explains the reasons behind Lisp's growing popularity as a mainstream programming language. On Lisp is a comprehensive study of advanced Lisp techniques, with bottom-up programming as the unifying theme. It gives the first complete description of macros a ...more
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Published September 9th 1993 by Prentice Hall
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Neal Aggarwal
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic look in-depth at LISP that follows on from his intro book ANSI Common LISP. Read that intro book first - it's a great tutorial that also contains a reference section. This book really got me going in LISP several years ago. At times it's a slog but if you have your LISP REPL running and key in ALL the examples as you read you'll find you get to grips with LISP with just this book. Don't give up. I found that when I got stuck I could just put the book down for a while and come back to ...more
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important books to read if you want to truly master the lisp family of languages.
Dec 27, 2013 marked it as to-read
Not only a great source of LISP wisdom, but also pleasant to read. The style is engaging, it never feels boring or dry. PG uses analogies from all kinds of unrelated areas (architecture, psychology) to draw parallels with pieces of good LISP code.

"It used to be thought that you could judge someone’s character by looking at the shape of his head. Whether or not this is true of people, it is generally true of Lisp programs."
Scott King
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic book on LISP with lots of insight into macros and other advanced features of the language. A must-read.
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A programming book, not really 'casual reading', but a good one.
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Learn functional programming patterns in Common Lisp from the master Paul Graham.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greats, below SICP but not too far.
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Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
pretty good introduction in the philosophy of lisp programming. One of the books I guess would be worth re-reading later dow the road
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Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, and programming language designer. In 1995 he developed with Robert Morris the first web-based application, Viaweb, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. In 2002 he described a simple statistical spam filter that inspired a new generation of filters. He's currently working on a new programming language called Arc, a new book on startups, and is one of the par ...more